Marcus Lattimore expects to play football today. Big news, right? Absolutely right! This will be the first time Lattimore has played tackle football since his knee was damaged on that terrible October Saturday afternoon in Starkville, Mississippi last year.
Is the player nervous? Not much, at least not to hear him say it.
According to Tony Barnhart's article from yesterday, when asked what he felt about going through scrimmage today, Lattimore replied:
"It's been a long time since I've been in practice, anything football related. Just being out there is a great feeling."
"we think he's going to be fine. We don't talk about it. He is just going to play ball."
When their talented sophomore runner went down, the Gamecocks had to find out what kind of players they had backing him up. They found they had done well by recruiting both of them.
Junior Kenny Miles and freshman Bandon Wilds both had games with over 100 yards rushing. Both players return this year to add depth. Instead of Lattimore getting the ball 37 times in a game, there are other proven backs to take up the slack. That is of course, if the Gamecocks choose to run the football that much.
Today's scrimmage will be a good test for Marcus Lattimore as he nears the finish line on the road to full recovery from the injury. As far as running, jumping and turning go, Lattimore has reported all is well. Hitting and getting hit and tackled is next on the list.
Like all tests put in front of the super running back, expect him to pass this one as well. Even so, Carolina fans have every right to be a little nervous. If it is something the head ball coach is not at ease talking about, why should we be?